UMass Amherst Professor Emeritus Richard Minear explores the Wartime political cartons of Dr. Seuss in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on November 3.,2010 His talk, "Dr. Seuss Goes to War,” was part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Minear examines Seuss’s editorial cartons of 1940–41, which attacked anti-Semitism and black-white racism, but depicted Japanese problematically at best.
Dr. Minear is Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a past recipient of the university’s Distinguished Teaching AWard. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University. He is the author of several books, including Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartons of Theodor Seuss Geisel.
The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Brattleboro are held at Brooks Memorial Library.
First Wednesdays is also presented in eight other communities statewide: Burlington (at Fletcher Free Library); Manchester (at First Congregational Church, hosted by Mark Skinner Library); Middlebury (at Ilsley Public Library); Montpelier (at Kellogg-Hubbard Library); Newport (at Goodrich Memorial Library); Norwich (at Norwich Congregational Church, hosted by Norwich Public Library and Norwich Historical Society); Rutland (at Rutland Free Library); and at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public.
Upcoming Brattleboro talks include “The History of Herbal Medicine in America” with author and expert herbalist Rosemary Gladstar on December 1; “The Impossible Presidency and Obama’s Chance for Greatness” with UVM professor Frank Bryan on January 5; and “Willa Cather’s Prairie Landscapes” with Amherst professor Michele Barale on February 2.
The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays. Brooks Memorial Library is sponsored by Brattleboro Savings and Loan and Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.
“Dr. Seuss Goes to War” is a National Endowment for the Humanities We the People Project: Sharing the lessons of history with all Americans.
For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802.254.5290 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or email@example.com, or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.
The Vermont Humanities Council is a private nonprofit working to bring the power and the pleasure of the humanities to all Vermonters—of every background and in every community. The Council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life.